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The Department of Transportation will conduct road work in Plymouth this week.

DOT crews will conduct repairs on Fairground Road starting Tuesday morning.

The road will be closed to vehicles for up to four days from Welch Road west to US Route 3.

Following the repairs, the state says traffic on Fairground Road will run on one lane only.


New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan plans to nominate a Massachusetts transportation official to become commissioner of the same agency in her state.

Hassan announced Wednesday that she will nominate Victoria Sheehan to lead New Hampshire's Department of Transportation.

The state Department of Transportation is set to begin work Monday on replacing a bridge on Route 26 in Millsfield.

DOT engineer Andy Hall says the bridge over Clear Stream has been showing signs of wear.

“We’re going to repair some undermining underneath the wing walls of the bridge,” Hall says. “Then we’re going to remove the bridge, a half at a time, the top of it, and put back new beams and a new bridge deck.”

The work is expected to continue through November. There will be one-way alternating traffic directed by temporary signals throughout the project.

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Recent proposed cuts to New Hampshire's transportation budget caused outrage in the Statehouse, and even a Republican-backed effort to raise the gas tax. Meanwhile, other states are also struggling to keep up with road and bridge repair, with some trying new ways to pay for infrastructure.


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A bill that would cut more than $88 million from the Governor Maggie Hassan’s proposed transportation funding will move to the House floor.

The House Finance Committee voted 15 -11 along party lines Thursday in favor of a measure, critics say would send a blow to New Hampshire’s infrastructure.

Deputy Commissioner of the DOT Patrick McKenna said these cuts would lead to more than 600 layoffs, the closure of nearly 200 bridges and devastate the state’s maintenance and plowing operations.

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The Department of Transportation is warning New Hampshire House budget writers from voting to slash more than $88 million in funding from the Governor’s proposed budget.

The House Finance Committee is expected to vote on the bill Thursday morning.

Deputy Commissioner of the department Patrick McKenna said he is appalled by the cuts,  adding that it would result in the loss of more than 600 jobs, the closure of hundreds of bridges and would drastically affect the state's infrastructure by limiting road maintenance and plowing. 

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Outgoing Department of Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement says fixing a long-standing deficit in the state's highway fund should be a critical priority for lawmakers this session in order to keep roads and bridges safe for drivers.

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  A $25 million federal grant will subsidize the replacement of the aging Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine.

The states applied for the grant together, which was awarded Monday.

In particular, the grant will fund the railroad tracks that go over the bridge along the route 1 bypass. These tracks are used by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to remove nuclear waste.


Toll-collecting at a stop in Merrimack will soon become a thing of the past.

The state Department of Transportation is ending collections as of Friday night at Exit 12 on the Everett Turnpike.

Toll equipment at Exit 12 and signs eventually will be removed.

The elimination of the toll tamp booths was included in the gas tax bill passed by legislators this year.

Some legislators said Merrimack residents were disproportionately burdened by having it, one of several in the community.

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Drivers will see new speed limits on much of the northern part of Interstate 93 starting Wednesday.


On the Political Front, NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses discussion in the Statehouse about expanded gambling and lack of funds for highway projects, as well as Republican Bob Smith, a former U.S. Senator, declaring his candidacy for his old seat.

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Another bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery Maine is undergoing emergency repairs.

Side railings on the Sarah Long, or Middle Bridge are so rusty; they present a hazard to any vehicle that accidentally slides into them. So, the two states are taking emergency measures to protect motorists.

Bill Boynton, with New Hampshire’s Department of Transportation, says that steel Jersey Barriers will be installed along the length of the 2800 foot span.

Finally, a Little Winter

Mar 1, 2012

In case you forgot what a New England winter is supposed to be like, Mother Nature decided to drop in with a reminder. Snow impacts everything from checkbooks to yardwork in New Hampshire, but has gone missing for most of this winter. 

While I was busy shoveling my car out, a neighbor of mine was tackling a completely different winter chore.